You prepared your application thoroughly and felt confident that your interview went well but you didn’t get the job. Make sure you have people who support you when things do not go as planned.
Before asking for feedback, ask yourself:
Feedback is an important part of developing an effective job search; rather than repeating a behaviour or approach that doesn’t work, it is best to identify the problem and change your strategy. This increases your chances of success the next time round.
In seeking feedback, as well as learning about your approach to the job search you are also learning about the sector to which you are applying. All of this builds your knowledge base, which is a critical factor in a successful job search strategy.
Not all organisations give feedback, but it is always worth asking!
Perhaps you were “appointable” to the position but a candidate with more experience was offered the position. This confirms that you are employable for such a role, and that your approach is successful and, with a little luck, you will be offered a similar position in the future.
You can seek feedback by phone or by email. Keep it brief. An organisation's response may give you some very useful information on what you need to do differently, if at all, next time.